What are the potential benefits and challenges of incorporating CBD and cannabis into sports practices?
Summary: A recent anonymous survey of physicians from the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) reveals that sports doctors generally have favorable attitudes toward the use of CBD and cannabis. The study, published in Translational Sports Medicine, indicates support among these physicians for legal medical and recreational cannabis use.
Survey Reveals Support Among Sports Doctors for Cannabis and CBD
The survey aimed to assess opinions on the use of CBD and cannabis among sports medicine physicians. With 333 completed responses, the study found that 72% of respondents supported the 2018 removal of CBD from the World Anti-Doping Agency’s banned substance list, and 66% supported its removal from the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) list. Additionally, 59% supported removing cannabis as a whole from the WADA banned substances list.
The survey also revealed that 81% of sports physicians believe they should have formal training on cannabis and cannabinoids, with 93% interested in continued medical education for cannabinoids. A majority showed support for medical cannabis legalization (77%) and recreational legalization (57%).
Regarding cannabis and CBD’s relation to sports performance, most physicians did not view CBD (76%) and THC (66%) as performance-enhancing substances. Opinions varied on whether these substances were detrimental to athletic performance, with more physicians viewing THC negatively compared to CBD.
Demographic analysis showed that women, older doctors, and rural respondents were less likely to favor legal adult-use cannabis. These factors also influenced opinions on removing cannabis from prohibited substances lists and allowing college athletes to use cannabis. Men and younger physicians were less likely to identify cannabis as performance-enhancing.
The study concludes by highlighting the use of CBD and cannabis products for chronic musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain, sports-related concussions, and performance anxiety. It emphasizes the need for ongoing research and education for sports medicine providers to better address athletes’ questions about the safety, dosing, and potential effects of CBD and cannabis in sports.
Source: Culture Magazine
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